Business Administration (Laurier) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree

Five years, two degrees, one serious edge

Combine your interests in business and math in this unique program, and gain two degrees in the time it normally takes to earn one co-op degree.

This double degree program combines Waterloo's strength in mathematics with the business expertise of nearby Wilfrid Laurier University.

You'll graduate with two prestigious degrees: a Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) from Waterloo and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Laurier. Together, they give your résumé an enviable edge that will impress employers and prepare you to make your mark as a trader, analyst, executive, or entrepreneur.

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Social and academic support

Looking for an upper-year mentor? A group study session? A stress-reducing game of paintball? You’ll find it all at the Math/Business Double Degree Club.

Two years of work experience

Your five co-op work terms will give you 20 months of paid work experience — and a major advantage when you launch your career.


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Admission requirements 

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus and Vectors
  • Any Grade 12 U English
  • One other 4U course
  • Recommended: Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science

Complete the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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Admission averages: Individual selection from the low 90s

We strongly encourage you to participate in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and/or the Euclid Mathematics Contest to enhance your admissions status. 

To be considered for entrance scholarships in the Faculty of Mathematics, you must write one or both of the contests. If you complete both contests, we'll use the results of the contest in which you performed best.

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First-year courses

You may also select the advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements. 

September to December

  • MATH 135 - Algebra 
  • MATH 137 - Calculus 1
  • Choose one of:
    • CS 115 - Introduction to Computer Science
    • CS 135 - Designing Functional Programs
  • BUS 111W - The Business Environment*
  • ECON 120W - Introduction to Microeconomics*

January to April

  • MATH 136 - Linear Algebra 1 
  • MATH 138 - Calculus 2 
  • Choose one of:
    • CS 116 - Introduction to Computer Science 2
    • CS 136 - Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
  • BUS 121W - Functional Areas of the Organization*
  • ECON 140W - Introduction to Macroeconomics*
  • One communication skills course

*These courses are taken at nearby Wilfrid Laurier University's School of Business and Economics.

After first year

You'll take business and economics courses at Laurier along with math courses at Waterloo. In upper years, you can choose to specialize in both the business and mathematics components of the program.

View a list of all the courses required for your degree.

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students


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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Financial analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Investment banking analyst
  • Marketing assistant
  • Data scientist intern
  • Senior accounting clerk
  • Project manager assistant
  • Claims process analyst

Sample co-op employers

  • Scotia Capital Inc
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Scotiabank
  • Bank of Montreal
  • RBC Financial Group
  • TD Bank Group
  • Capital One

What can you do with a degree in business and math?

Graduates typically pursue careers in finance, consulting, and technology. They often work in financial institutions, technology companies, and consulting firms.

Recent graduates

  • Data Analyst – RBC Financial Group
  • Director – Sun Life Financial 
  • Business Manager – Microsoft Canada 
  • Model Analyst – Manulife Financial
  • Management Consultant – Oliver Wyman
  • Risk Analyst – TD Securities 
  • Retail Financial Analyst – Suncor Energy

Possible professional designations

  • Chartered Professional Accountant
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Fellow of the Society of Actuaries

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